Friday, August 13, 2004
The University of Alabama football team completed a spirited day of practice Friday, its final workout before strapping on the full gear on Saturday.
"Tomorrow we'll have more hitting," said Alabama head coach Mike Shula. "We won't be tackling at full speed except for a few drills. We're going to wait for (Monday's) scrimmage to do that."
Shula was pleased with the overall practice saying that both sides of the ball looked good.
"Mark Anderson (Jr. DE, 6-5, Tulsa, OK/Washington HS) looked good and Simeon Castille (Fr., CB, 6-1, Birmingham/Briarwood Christian) has done some really good things over the past few days," added Shula. "Brodie Croyle (Jr., QB, 6-3, Rainbow City/Westbrook Christian) has been sharp all week. Overall it was a good day."
The Crimson Tide will don full pads for the first time this summer on Saturday much to Shula's anticipation.
"Tomorrow we'll continue to do the same thing, but now we'll get to see who shows us the most toughness and competitiveness on both sides of the line."
Practice is slated for a 2:45 start, the final one-a-day practice before two-a-days start on Sunday.